Wis­sahickon stand­out wins gold

The Ambler Gazette - - LETTERS - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

In 1968, Rolling Stones front­man Mick Jag­ger sang an open­ing line for a song that went — “Please al­low me to in­tro­duce my­self.”

Now, 44 years later, Wis­sahickon’s Lotte Black could have sung that same line her­self at Subur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence Girls Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships, which were held Fri­day morn­ing at Le­high Univer­sity.

To say that the Tro­jans’ stel­lar fresh­man fared well LQ KHU fiUVW-HvHU KLJK VFKRRO cham­pi­onship meet would be a gross un­der­state­ment. She not only fared well, she won the gold medal.

Black led a parade of unGHUFODVVPHQ — fivH RI WKH WRS VLx — wKHQ VKH FURVVHG fiUVW with a clock­ing of 20:03. Her time was al­most a half-minute IDVWHU WKDQ WKH QHxW fiQLVKHU — Chel­tenham se­nior Han­nah Gil­liam at 20:31.

When Up­per Dublin cap­tured the Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence team ti­tle, it marked the fourth con­sec­u­tive year — DQG WKH fiIWK yHDU LQ WKH last six — that the Car­di­nals cap­tured the crown.

Up­per Dublin won the team ti­tle with 42 points. Wis­sahickon took sec­ond place with 49 fol­lowed by Up­per Me­rion (68), Chel­tenham (84), Ply­mouth Whitemarsh (140) and Up­per More­land (154).

Iron­i­cally, none of the seven scor­ers on this year’s cham­pi­onship squad were on the team that won the ti­tle in 2009.

7KH CDUGV’ fiQLVKHUV LQ )UL­day’s meet at Le­high Univer­sity were ju­nior Is­abel Uribe (third, 20:45), sopho­more Marissa Holl (sixth, 20:57), sopho­more Lu­cile Ionescu, (eighth, 21:01), fresh­man Emily Wu (10th, 21:04), ju­nior Jack­e­lyn Lillo (15th, 21:24), sopho­more Candice Ionescu, (18th, 21:48) and ju­nior Sa­man­tha Pet­rosky (21st, 22:10).

Last year, Wis­sahickon broke a four-year streak of WKLUG-SODFH fiQLVKHV wKHQ LW placed sec­ond be­hind Up­per Dublin. The Tro­jans came back with an­other run­ner-up fiQLVK WKLV yHDU.

In ad­di­tion to Black, WisVDKLFNRQ’V RWKHU fiQLVKHUV were Jes­sica nue­sen­berry (ninth, 21:03), Ni­cole Schae­fer (11th, 21:09), Marissa Fritz (12th, 21:12), Jil­lian Gude (16th, 21:37) and Caro­line Mitchell (17th, 21:43).

Up­per Me­rion and Up­per Dublin pro­duced one-two fiQLVKHV )ULGDy PRUQLQJ DW the Subur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence Boys’ Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Le­high Univer­sity.

Up­per Me­rion won the team ti­tle with 45 points and Up­per Dublin was a close sec­ond with 47. In­di­vid­u­ally, Up­per Dublin’s Fran­cis Fer­ruzzi won the gold medal with a clock­ing of 16:30 while Up­per Me­rion’s Chris­tian San­ders snagged the sil­ver medal with a time of 17:00.

7ULVWDQ 0DUFHOLV fiQLVKHG third at 17:01 — one sec­ond be­hind San­ders.

Marcelis’ younger brother Lukas Marcelis placed sixth with a time of 17:19.

2WKHU WRS DUHD fiQLVKers in the Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence race were Up­per Me­rion’s Austin Cooper (fourth, 17:09), Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s Cas­sidy Sil­vHUWKRUQ (fiIWK, 17:13), DDQ Sha­lala (eighth, 17:34) and Robert Bid­dle (10th, 17:37), Up­per Dublin’s Steve Wil­liamson (seventh, 17:30) and Up­per Me­rion’s Nick Tor­nambe (ninth, 17:36).

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